88 [Texas] Kennedy, William: TEXAS: THE
RISE, PROGRESS, AND PROSPECTS OF THE
REPUBLIC OF TEXAS. London: R. Hastings…,
1841. Two volumes, attractively bound in threequarter maroon morocco with marbled boards, gilt titles and raised bands, collating complete with lii + 378 pp., vi + 548 pp., and complete with all four maps. Maps: (1) Map of Texas Compiled from Surveys Recorded in the Land Office of Texas and Other Official Surveys by John Arrowsmith. 23 ¼ x 19 ½ inches, with both insets (showing the Republic of Texas and
Mexico, and the inset of Galveston Bay),
contemporary handcoloring to political borders
in red, yellow, green and blue; there are three
colonies outlined in early ink on the bottom of the map; small tear closed and repaired in the upper right portion, else a very nice copy of the map. (2) Map of the Republic of Texas and the Adjacent Territories Indicating the Grants of Land Granted Under the Empresario System of Mexico. 12 ¼ x 15 inches. (3 & 4) Full page maps opposite page 38 (Map of Matagorda Bay) and opposite page 50 (Aransas Bay). Housed in custom clamshell half morocco case. First Edition of one of the most desirable and collected of all the books on Texas published during the Republic period, collectors have treasured the Kennedy volumes both for their accurate and detailed descriptions of Texas and its Revolution, as well as for the excellent maps which are beautifully rendered. Streeter TEXAS 1385 admired Kennedy’s frank and honest comments about Texas and the Texans, and marveled that he gathered so much information in his short visit to Texas (April to June of 1839). The Arrowsmith map is extremely important; Taliaferro cites it as one of the six most noteworthy maps of Texas before the Civil War. Jenkins, BASIC TEXAS BOOKS 117: “The large map by John Arrowsmith ranks with those of Tanner and Emory as the best maps of Texas.” Wheat, TRANSMISSIPPI WEST 451. Martin and Martin, MAPS OF TEXAS, 32: “The popularity and general acceptance of this map has been documented by the fact that many map makers copied liberally from Arrowsmith’s map.” Other bibliographic references: GRAFF 2308. CLARK III:189. HOWES K92. RAINES, pp.132-33.